Old Dominion University, the University of Central Florida, and the Georgia Institute of Technology were asked by the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO) to jointly develop a 40-hour course of instruction to introduce students to the overall discipline of modeling and simulation. CMSA prepared a detailed final report for the project, documenting the project's products and assessing its outcomes with respect to its goals.
With ever changing threats and associated mission changes, U.S. military operations have become increasingly complex. Paramilitary organizations, insurgencies, guerrilla forces, terrorists, drug cartels, hackers, media warriors, and ethnic or religious mobs are anticipated enemy profiles and all present unique challenges. As a result, Modeling and Simulation (M&S) has become a key tool to help U.S. military forces train and prepare for such threats. Envisioning the need for better understanding of the M&S tools by the troops, the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO) tasked Old Dominion University (ODU), the University of Central Florida (UCF), and the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT) to jointly develop a 40-hour course of instruction to introduce students to the overall discipline of modeling and simulation (M&S). The course was intended to be a survey, emphasizing breadth rather than depth of coverage. Course topics were to include definitions, modeling methods, simulation project life-cycle, simulation verification and validation, simulation output analysis, and many others. The expectation was that students completing the course would have an overall understanding of M&S and will be prepared to place specific M&S topics in context and study them in more detail.
In a series of face-to-face meetings and electronic exchanges, ODU, UCF, and GT jointly produced a topical outline for the M&S content required to introduce graduate students to the discipline of modeling and simulation, which became known as the M&S "Body of Knowledge", and a topic sequence for a university course based on the "Body of Knowledge". ODU, UCF, and GT separately produced distinct portions of the course content in the form of lecture slides and associated reading materials and homework assignments. As a result, a large number of high quality M&S course content modules were developed by the universities. There was some synergistic sharing of course content between the universities, and those modules were used to good effect in the universities' respective Introduction to M&S regular courses. The course content modules have also been used as the basis for professional education courses by at least two of the universities.
CMSA was asked to prepare the project's final report because a CMSA researcher had worked extensively on the project while at ODU. With assistance from ODU, UCF, and GT, CMSA prepared a detailed final report for the project, documenting the project's products and assessing its outcomes with respect to its goals.